Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lineup Card: 8-16-11 Rockies vs Marlins


Yesterday's Recap: Rockies finally answer 9th inning wake up call


Colorado Rockies (57-66)
  1. CF Dexter Fowler
  2. 2B Mark Ellis
  3. RF Carlos Gonzalez
  4. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  5. 1B Todd Helton
  6. LF Seth Smith
  7. 3B Chris Nelson
  8. C   Chris Iannetta
  9. P   Jhoulys Chacin
Catcher hitting eighth. That can mean only two things. 1) Chris Iannetta is playing. 2) Jim Tracy is still the manager.

Florida Marlins (56-65)
  1. SS Emilio Bonifacio
  2. LF Bryan Peterson
  3. RF Mike Stanton
  4. 3B Greg Dobbs
  5. 1B Gaby Sanchez
  6. CF Mike Cameron
  7. C   John Buck
  8. 2B Jose Lopez
  9. P   Anibal Sanchez
The return of Jose Lopez and a rematch with Anibal Sanchez, who nearly no-hit the Rockies earlier this season. So many subplots! 

Rock Solid Recap: Rockies finally answer 9th inning wake up call

I'll be honest, for eight innings this baseball game bored me to tears.

I'm sorry. After Mike Stanton's first inning moon shot and Tulowitzki's third inning two-run shot, there was little to get excited about or interested in watching. Especially with all the other exciting things happening in baseball like Jim Thome's 600th home run (congrats) and the Brewers turning a triple play on the Dodgers.

But I kept watching, and everything changed in the bottom of the ninth inning... with a Dexter Fowler baserunning error.

That makes perfect sense.

Yes, Fowler, representing the tying run, blooped one into shallow centerfield with two outs, but got caught rounding first base way too aggressively. He was dead to rights. But the Marlins also kinda suck, so they completely butchered any chance at a rundown, allowing Dex to take second easily.

That was the Rockies wake up call. One pitch later, Carlos Gonzalez answered it by tying the game with his own double.

But unlike most Rockies rallies, it doesn't end there. After a Troy Tulowitzki intentional walk, Jason Giambi (likely insulted and pissed off by the gesture) walked it off with a three-run homer.